Bangladesh aims to shrug off the horrific memory of Test series as they gear up for the three-match ODI series, their most liked format. To start everything afresh they need to pick the momentum when they play the practice game against on October `12 ahead of the three match ODI series.
Tigers start their official 50-over campaign at the De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley on October 15 while the Paarl and East London will host the second and third ODI's respectively on October 18 and 22. Though Tigers do not possess many happy memories against South Africa when it comes to Test series, they have something to cherish in the ODI format coming out as winners on three occasions in 17 one-day Internationals.
During their last meeting, Tigers won the series by 2-1 after losing the first match on home soil in 2015 and the biggest challenge will be to win against Protease at their own backyard. But more than anything else, Tigers are looking to get everything in order both on and off the field with the latter becoming the focal point instead of the series loss.
In a desperate attempt to make everything in order, Tigers had a discussion session among them instead of practice on Wednesday and after most of their difference looked to be sorted out. The off-field row made the condition difficult for them involving through the toss blunder in both Tests and off-field remark by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim as it sparked huge criticism, 'We had some good discussion among us as we opted to ease the environment,' chief selector Minhajul Abedin told. 'I think we are getting everything in our control and with the arrival of two senior cricketers naturally, the strength of squad is bolstered,' he said.
'We need to forget the Test series and look forward to the ODI's and definitely we feel that we have a good chance in it considering our strength in this format,' he said. 'But the most important thing is to pick the momentum and that too through this practice game,' he added. The players, selected for the ODI series have already joined the side in South Africa and started practice while Shafiul Islam, Shuvashis Roy and Taijul Islam who were not drafted into the squad left South Africa on Wednesday.
Bangladesh's strength in ODI will arguably be bolstered by the inclusion of the ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Murtaza while Tamim Iqbal is expected to play the series after missing the second Test following the injury, if he gets fit. Batsman Imrul Kayes added that arrival of Mashrafe seems to bring a new seize of life in the dressing room as his charismatic personality inspires others to make everything from the scratch.
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